“We have always been surprised about this,” admits Kayt Cooper, Co Owner and Wedding Planner at Awesome Caribbean Weddings in Saint Lucia. “A lot of people go for very specific flowers such as roses, peonies, oriental lilies, chrysanthemums, daisies and calla lilies.”
Of course, imported flowers are much more expensive than choosing local flowers. You also have to bear in mind that they need to survive the importation, and sometimes planes can get cancelled. Local flowers, on the other hand, can be seen as being fitting to the destination, as well as being more cost effective and hassle free.
“Some people want local flowers because the shapes are so dramatic and we can use the really glossy green dramatic leaves as well,” says Cooper of those brides who choose from the smorgasbord of tropical blooms available on the islands.
For beach weddings, brightly coloured flowers are well suited. A tropical bouquet really ‘pops’ with the light because of the strong sun, and it reflects on the sand and water. White and light colors they look
great but I love it when people pick a red, orange and yellow theme for the beach.
If you are getting married in a garden setting that has lots of greenery and is a little bit shaded, lighter colours look lovely and really make an impact. Forests
are also shady so bright colours like yellow, pink or
white really show up well against the background.
With ruins and bricked locations we have used a lot
of colour. We like to use draping which adds a
backdrop to all the stonework, and position flowers
in front. We like to use very bright tropical
colour-ways and lots of white, as it looks lovely against the stone and the draping.
Some people just choose a bouquet and do not want area decoration at all as the Caribbean is so gorgeous. This is especially true for weddings that have a naturally beautiful backdrop such as Saint
Lucia’s iconic landmark, The Pitons. If couples choose
to have flowers, we would keep them in pots resting on the ground rather than canopies and taller arrangements because you do not want to obstruct the view of the wedding party.